More effective use of the 2021–2027 Cohesion Funds for energy security of the Visegrad

This V4 Summary Analysis and Policy Recommendations has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the International Visegrad Fund in a project realized by a consortium including Buildings for the Future (Slovakia), Chance for Buildings (Czechia), Energiaklub in cooperation with Hungarian Energy Efficiency Institute (Hungary) and National Energy Conservation Agency (Poland). This policy paper summarizes the conclusions of the national analytical papers into regional analysis and policy recommendations on how to make Cohesion Funding 2021-2027 more effective in terms of financing building renovation and energy efficiency.

The future of road transport

A perfect storm of new technologies and new business models is transforming not only our vehicles, but everything about how we get around, and how we live our lives. The JRC report “The future of road transport – Implications of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility” looks at some main enablers of the transformation of road transport, such as data governance, infrastructures, communication technologies and cybersecurity, and legislation. It discusses the potential impacts on the economy, employment and skills, energy use and emissions, the sustainability of raw materials, democracy, privacy and social fairness, as well as on the urban context. It shows how the massive changes on the horizon represent an opportunity to move towards a transport system that is more efficient, safer, less polluting and more accessible to larger parts of society than the current one centered on car ownership.
However, new transport technologies, on their own, won’t spontaneously make our lives better without upgrading our transport systems and policies to the 21st century. The improvement of governance and the development of innovative mobility solutions will be crucial to ensure that the future of transport is cleaner and more equitable than its car-centered present.

A vision for the European industry until 2030

The Industry 2030 high level industrial roundtable was established by the European Commission in December 2017 to provide independent advice on future EU industrial policy action. It consists of 20 experts representing small and big businesses, traditional and disruptive industries, trade unions, innovation and research community, as well as finance and academia.

Following one and a half years of dedicated work, the group has now prepared a report with recommendations on the future of EU industrial policy strategy towards 2030.

The report sets out a vision of the European industry in 2030 as a global leader, responsibly delivering value for the society, the environment and the economy. Europe will build its competitive advantage on cutting-edge and breakthrough technologies, respect for our environment and biodiversity, investment in our people and smart European and global alliances. Based on collaboration and our common European values, this new industrial model will help to make Europe a role model for the rest of the world.

This industrial transformation is taking place in the context of long-term and structural global changes. We are facing a fast-changing geopolitical and economic situation, growing social and societal polarisation, an increasing role of digitisation and technology in all aspects of life, as well as climate change and other environmental challenges. To address these, our industrial transformation must take full account of the global Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a key global framework for fair and sustainable development.

In addition, Europe must respond to a series of specific and interconnected challenges facing our industries. A new European industrial model must ensure Europe remains a leader in technology, innovation and sustainability; support our citizens in developing the rights skills to embrace these changes and manage social fairness and wellbeing. At the same time, we must build a fair, agile and competitive business environment, while putting a particular focus on developing strategic value chains and value creating networks.

Turning the Industry 2030 vision into reality requires action and collaboration of policy makers at all levels, industry stakeholders and the broader civil society in Europe. The report identifies specific recommendations and game-changing actions that will help Europe better manage this fast and inclusive transformation, champion global competitiveness and address social inclusiveness and values.

These recommendations are geared to boost the transformation of European industry, by stimulating innovation and technology uptake. New policies are also needed to ensure Europe’s industry becomes climate-neutral, circular and resource efficient, with reliable access to low carbon energy and raw materials. To ensure our global competitiveness, Europe must further strengthen the Single Market while putting a new focus on supporting strategic value chains. Open, fair and multilateral trading relations will further support Europe’s global industrial leadership. Finally, Europe must also put into place policies and mechanisms that ensure fair and inclusive spread of the benefits of industrial transition.

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IEA: Water-energy nexus

Energy supply depends on water. Water supply depends on energy. The interdependency of water and energy is set to intensify in the coming years, with significant implications for both energy and water security. Each resource faces rising demands and constraints in many regions as a consequence of economic and population growth and climate change.

Recognising the critical intersection of water and energy, the IEA has sought to understand the linkages and provide data and analysis to help policymakers and stakeholders anticipate stress points and identify policies, technologies and practices capable of addressing the associated risks.

EU priority actions for a fast, fair and attractive energy transition 2019-2024

The newly elected MEPs are taking office, the race for the EU top jobs including the new Commission President is running and the new strategic agenda for 2019-2024 is discussed in Council, Commission and Parliament. In this context, the Coalition for Energy Savings releases four EU priority actions 2019-2015 for a fast, fair and attractive energy transition.

The EU has set minimum energy efficiency levels through its 2030 targets. But actions and measures are yet insufficient to accelerate the renovation of our ageing buildings, the replacement of inefficient appliances and the modernization of polluting transport systems.

The new European Parliament and Commission will have to close the gap between ambitions and actions and deliver tangible benefits to people and businesses, so that the Energy Union becomes a reality for all.

The Coalition for Energy Savings has identified four EU priority actions for 2019-2024 for a fast, fair and attractive energy transition. 

The recommendations cover four points:

  • apply the energy efficiency first principle;
  • support implementation and enforce existing law;
  • provide dedicated financing and regulations for housing; and
  • work with societal trends, starting with digitalisation.